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Lucille Ball Photo a Highlight of Bob Hope Auction

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An autographed photograph of Lucille Ball that hung in Bob Hope’s office fetched more than $6,500 at auction this weekend, in a sale of Hope memorabilia.

Proceeds from the sale, which raised more than $600,000, will go to benefit the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation, which helps charities that were close to the late comic legend.

The photo of Ball, in her Lucy Ricardo guise playing a toothless gypsy, is inscribed to “Rapid Robert” – Hope’s nickname because of his quick-fire comic delivery – and says, “Because he loves beauty. XX Lucy.”

Comic George Lopez successfully bid on golfing gear used by Hope, who died in 2003 at age 100. Ball died in 1989, at 77.
Stephen M. Silverman